iPad Democracy: California voters using iPads to register
While online voting is not likely to happen in the US nationwide anytime soon, there are some encouraging signs the political process partially has entered the 21st Century. The iPad is replacing the paper and pen when it comes to voter registration in California.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Facebook investor Ron Conway spent Tuesday registering city voters with the help of the iPad, TechCrunch reports.
“I do think we’ll have more people registering, particularly eligible voters under 30 who are just used to doing things online. And it makes it easier to ask friends and family to register. All you have to do is e-mail them a link – you don’t have to carry around a pile of forms,” California Secretary of State Debra Bowen told the newspaper.
Modernizing the process of voter registration to permit iPads rather than paper forms seems like a no-brainer. There appears to be little chance of campaign fraud with the California model. Only people who already have their signatures on file at the Department of Motor Vehicles can take advantage of the paperless process.
What do you think? The iPad is quickly replacing the home computer, as well as textbooks and is fast becoming the favored second screen for TV viewers. Would you trust an online election process?